In this talk, artist Brittany Nickerson will share past and recent lens-based artworks that question the patriarchal structures of photographic archives. Using her family’s photographs as a departure point, Nickerson uses autoethnographic and self-reflexive processes to examine archival paradigms. Made through gestures of care and grief, this body of work pursues new narratives for femme and Queer identities. Nickerson’s current research is generously supported by The Bows and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Following the presentation, librarian and archivist Alexandra Alisauskas will respond to Nickerson’s work
Brittany Nickerson (she/they) is a lens-based artist living and working in Mohkinstsis, which is colonially known as Calgary. She was born on the traditional, unceded territory of the Wəlastəkewiyik (Maliseet) people. In 2014 she graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts with a Bachelor in Design. She completed a Master of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in 2017. Since 2018, she has served as the Programming Coordinator of The New Gallery, an artist-run centre in Mohkinstsis / Calgary.
Alexandra Alisauskas is a Learning and Engagement Librarian at the University of Calgary, and a recent graduate of the MAS/MLIS Program at the School of Information at the University of British Columbia, pursuing the First Nations curriculum concentration. Alex also holds a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester and was previously an arts writer, researcher, and educator. Her current research explores contemporary art, artists’ and writers’ archives, and person-centred approaches to library, archival, and information services. She lives as a grateful guest on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta.